A Long Way Gone

Chapter12, ? 3: the boys were trained to be solders w/ this mantra: visualize the enemy, the rebels who killed your parents, your family, and those who are responsible for everything that has happened to you. WHY was this training so effective?

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Both Lieutenant Jabati and Corporal Gadafi use emotional arguments - the desire for revenge and fear of a cruel, inhuman enemy - to motivate the villagers to remain and support the military. THe military appeal to the soldiers' hidden pain to convince them to lay their lives on the line for the government forces in the name of revenge for their loved ones.